Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara launched Multi-function Satellite Project in the sidelines of a series of International Monetary Fund ( IMF)- World Bank Annual meeting on Monday (8/10) in Nusa Dua Bali. The launch was attended by Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Minister of Public Work and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono. He said some of heads and representatives of State Owned Enterprises contributed in the governmental development projects. Minister Rudiantara on his speech said that it is the right time for Indonesia to have satellite that can connects all Indonesian people though internet, particularly in supporting educational world and health in Indonesia.
“Indonesia has two hundred and twenty six thousand schools including Elementary School, Junior High School and Senior High School. Almost 90 thousand schools have not had internet connection. More than 4 thousands Center for People’s Health have not had internet connection. Almost 50 thousands from 75 thousands sub-district offices and villages have not connected with internet. We must connect them. There are one hundred and fifty thousand spots that must be connected by us. It takes much time if we use terrestrial solution and withdrawn cables. We will use satellite. So, it is our own satellite. Captive for the government of Indonesia and especially for education and health,” said Rudiantara.
Moreover, Minister Rudiantara said that the launch of Multi-function Satellite Project has just reached project tender phase. He emphasized that there were many investors who were interested in supporting the existence of satellite in Indonesia. Rudiantara also said the project of Multi-Function Satellite will use scheme funding between Government Cooperation and Enterprises. He said the scheme guarantees the transparency and supports the good governance in Indonesia. (VOI/Ndy/TRANS:AF/DP)